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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | July 8, 2006
On July 7, 1806, a procession of priests and "junior ecclesiastics" led Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore to the southwestern corner of the hilltop plot that would be the site of America's first Catholic cathedral. Carroll sprinkled the first foundation stone with "blessed water," according to one account, while the assembled clergy repeated the 127th Psalm: "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." They sang "Veni, Creator Spiritus," a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
To the people who live in Annapolis, there's probably no such thing as too many trees. With almost 40 percent of the city covered by trees, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer and the Annapolis Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs are trying to ensure that the lush canopy is maintained - one tree at a time. To that end, city officials are planning several events this month in the run-up to National Arbor Day, April 28, when they will unveil a roof covered with greenery at Back Creek Nature Park on Edgewood Road.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2004
With their main sanctuary still off-limits yesterday - waterlogged and scarred by fire and smoke - members of Northwest Baptist Church crammed into a too-small space in their fellowship center and prayed. The room was sparse - with white folding chairs instead of pews, no organ, and small TV monitors in place of the giant screen used by the high-tech congregation to broadcast words of worship and song. But none of that seemed to faze those who came to the Reisterstown church to listen and sing and praise the good timing and small miracles they believed saved the church from burning to the ground after its steeple was struck by lightning Wednesday.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 20, 1998
MOSCOW -- Faith brought a thousand people to an old war monument here yesterday, faith in the redemptive power of a man who in life was loving, mild and inadequate.In death, the murdered Czar Nicholas II has become something else altogether. Above the priests and uniformed Cossacks and kerchiefed old women who came to mark his 130th birthday, the banners flapping in the warm breeze bore his likeness as if that of an icon."I think the czar fulfilled his mission, which was like Christ's," said Valentina Shatskaya.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 15, 2002
For movie lovers, there's no reason to see John Q. except during a fit of insomnia when it shows up on late-night cable. All that makes it bearable in the theater is the anger it sets off in the audience over America's medical mismanagement. Remember the crack about HMOs that brought down the house in As Good As It Gets? John Q. uses outrage over our health care system to fuel an entire two-hour hostage drama. The spluttering it rouses from insurance-burned viewers has far more vitality than the actual content of the movie.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 3, 2005
Summer has arrived in Annapolis: The U.S. Naval Academy has had its Commissioning Week and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre has started its season. This outdoor venue at 143 Compromise St., across from City Dock on the site of a colonial blacksmith's shop, is presenting the comedy Nunsense, written in 1984 by former Jesuit Dan Coggin. Coggin tells the hilarious tale of nuns who put on a show to raise funds to bury four of their colleagues temporarily stored in the freezer. Convent chef Sister Julia Child of God accidentally served a lethal soup that poisoned 52 nuns, but only 48 were buried before funds ran out. In Summer Garden's production, the nuns have been moved from their original convent in Hoboken, N.J., to Annapolis, where they are now known as "the Little Sisters of the Severn" with "Big Sisters of the Chesapeake Bay" aspirations.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1999
The state Board of Morticians wants to add a set of guidelines to its regulations in an attempt to stop people from using a private beach on the Chesapeake Bay to dispose of the ashes of loved ones.The board began contemplating guidelines on how to properly dispose of cremated remains last fall, after residents of a cozy Pasadena community as picturesque as its name -- Venice on the Bay -- began complaining about visitors scattering ashes from their beach.The board's guidelines remind people that even though the state does not require that cremated remains be placed in a cemetery, "this does not mean that cremated remains can be freely scattered or otherwise disposed of upon public domain, or upon the private property of another person."
SPORTS
August 24, 2010
Piniella vs. the curse Paul Sullivan Chicago Tribune We were nearing the end of Lou Piniella's first spring training as Cubs manager when we saw him conversing with a Japanese TV reporter near the Cubs dugout at HoHoKam Park. All of a sudden, Piniella started shouting "I don't believe in curses," and stepped on a stuffed animal that was supposed to represent a billy goat, grounding it into the dirt with his right foot. We were all shocked. As it turned out, Piniella, and later Ernie Banks, had been asked to snuff out the curse for a Japanese TV show.
FEATURES
By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel and Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE | August 11, 1996
Today, you can insert a coin or card in the appropriate machine and get candy, gum, drinks, telephone service or even cash. The idea of a coin-operated machine has been around for quite some time, however.The first was used to dispense holy water in ancient Greece. In the 1850s, tobacco boxes were kept on tavern counters; the smoker inserted a coin and was able to fill his pipe with tobacco or buy a cigarette.Machines later dispensed stamps, gum and perfume. Fortune-telling, strength-testing, picture-show and gaming-skill machines soon followed.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2004
For die-hard boccie players, winters in Baltimore have typically meant a gloomy hiatus from Little Italy's outdoor courts. What Baltimore lacked, many lamented, was an indoor boccie court - like the kinds some of the players had competed on in tournaments as far away as Canada. That all changed yesterday in the gymnasium of a church in Highlandtown. Including the Little Italy regulars and a foursome from Delaware, boccie players descended on Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church off Conkling Street for the opening - and blessing - of what organizers called the first regulation-size indoor court in Maryland.
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